Sports Editor's Diary

L. D. Roberts
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Jamaica Gleaner

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Today's SportToday's Sport: 5.00 Trinidad schoolboy footballers arrive at Palisadoes Airport

WE WELCOME today the seventeen Trinidad All-Schools footballers due to arrive at the Palisadoes Airport at 5 o'clock this afternoon. The Trinidadians are coming on a two-match tour sponsored by the Jamaica Mutual Life Assurance Company of Jamaica and promoted by the Kingston College Old Boys' Association. The visit, of course, has the blessing of teh Jamaica Football Federation, governing body of football in Jamaica.

In the first match on Tuesday night at the National Stadium, the Trinidadians will take on the Kingston College team, Jamaica's schoolboy champions. The classic, clever and spectacular Kingston College team has been acclaimed the best Jamaica has produced in schoolboy football in the last 20 years, and their clash with the boys from Trinidad should provide a good match. That is, if both teams show their best form.

The second match on Thursday night will see the Jamaican Under 19s playing the Trinidadians and here again it should be another good game in view of the improvement that our young footballers have made under Brazilian coach Jorge Penna.

This weeks two matches against the Trinidadians should give a fair indication of the progress of our football. The games should be most helpful to our boys who will be going to Trinidad next month to compete against the cream of the Caribbean in the Central American Juvenile Championships.

The Trinidadians now coached by the Hungarian born nationalized Brazilian coach Americo Brunner are among the top teams in this young soccer rivalry and it is good to hear that the standard of their schoolboy football has never been higher. The same goes for Jamaica, despite the dominance of the Kingston College team.

The Jamaica Mutual Life Assurance Company making its debut as a local sports sponsor must be congratulated on under-writing this venture of any loss. And I frankly can see only a profit as all Jamaica will want to see our schoolboy stars against the stars of Trinidad. No reason in the world why there should not be a capacity crowd at the Stadium on both nights.

The visit of the Trinidadians at this time at this time is a very good thing for our football, particularly in the Corporate Area where the sport had to be stopped because of the unruly behaviour of some spectators and the injury to a referee. The resumption of our football tomorrow fits in nicely with this all-important visit of the Trinidadian schoolboy team. It provides an opportunity to make a fresh and healthier start.

Every precaution has been taken to prevent a recurrence of the incident which caused football in the Corporate Area to be closed down. The Trinidadians need have no fear for not only will they have a rollicking and interesting time in Jamaica visiting here and there and everywhere but also everything will be laid in to make their stay enjoyable. They can safely expect too to be thoroughly tested by the Kingston College team.

Trinidad All-Schools footballersTrinidad All-Schools footballers: Back row- Leroy Deleon, Reuben?, Devines, Tony Martin, Jimmy Springer?, and Garnet Harris Middle Row- Americo Brunner(Coach),Alan Cupid,Roger Duprey, Wayne Smart, Ellis Sadaphal, Kenny Joseph, Manager? Front row- Tiny Archibald, Earl Fough,Dick Furlonge, Jan Steadman, Everald Cummings, Brian Bain (goalkeeper)